AT&T chief John Stankey sees a “choppy” recovery ahead for movies, and he concedes that the release of “Tenet” was not “a home run.” During AT&T’s third quarter earnings call, Stankey acknowledged that the studio’s decision to release Christopher Nolan’s drama “Tenet” in the U.S. on Sept. 3 was underwhelming. But he does not regret the decision to be the first major studio to release a highly anticipated film in theaters during the pandemic.
AT&T touts its quarterly “activations” without clarifying that only a small portion of customers are choosing to sign up for HBO Max directly by paying $15 per month for a subscription. A larger portion are simply becoming eligible to watch the streaming service through their existing HBO subscriptions — but many haven’t yet signed in and actually streamed.
People are increasingly using gaming platforms to view virtual concerts, for messaging, gambling, dating and even virtual celebrations of weddings and birthdays, Activate found. The firm predicts the consumer gaming industry will reach a value of $198 billion by 2024, not including sales from hardware and devices, augmented reality, virtual reality and advertising.
The EU’s Digital Services Act is likely to become a battlefield for European digital policy and could be a standard-setting law for the global digital sphere. Whereas the GDPR harmonized and, in many countries, raised data protection standards, the DSA is not limited to one specific policy field, but aims to establish a comprehensive framework for how “digital services” operate in Europe.
New research into the effects of the French anti-piracy law Hadopi shows that its introduction failed to significantly increase box-office revenue. It did, however, cause a shift in people’s movie preferences. The interest of moviegoers in U.S. films increased, at the expense of other content, including French productions.
The white-hot publishing market just got hotter, as Vine Alternative Investments announced Thursday that it has acquired the song catalog of multi-platinum producer, songwriter, artist and DJ Calvin Harris. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although one source said the price was “around” $100 million.
Round Hill’s investor site also reveals that Round Hill Music’s management team “has been responsible for over $1.4 billion of music copyright transactions across 128 catalog deals” down the years – including $650m spent on copyrights by its investors before Round Hill officially became Round Hill in 2012.
Ant Group’s blockchain business, AntChain, has today rolled out a new digital copyright services platform. It combines blockchain technology with AI to enable creators to securely authenticate and verify all kinds of original content — whether video, image-based or written material. The platform generates a unique, tamper-proof digital copyright certification and notary stamp for each work that is uploaded into its database.
Amazon-owned live streaming platform Twitch has been hit with “thousands” of DMCA infringement notifications over copyrighted music used in videos. Hundreds of Twitch partners have received emails from the platform notifying them that copyrighted music has been used in clips posted on their channels and that those videos have now been deleted.
A large number of Twitch users have had their videos deleted following a new round of mass DMCA notice processing. Twitch has also imposed an interesting ‘deal’ on those affected. In exchange for removing their ability to file a counternotice, Twitch won’t be placing a copyright ‘strike’ against users’ accounts. A fair ‘amnesty’ deal or a coach-and-horses through due process?